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James S. Famiglietti

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Professor, Earth System Science
School of Physical Sciences

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1992, Civil Engineering


M.A., Princeton University, 1988, Civil Engineering


M.S., University of Arizona, 1986, Hydrology


B.S., Tufts University, 1982, Geology

Phone: (949) 824-9434
Fax: (949) 824-3874
Email: jfamigli@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
240K Rowland Hall
UCCHM
Mail Code: 4690
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Hydrology and climate, remote sensing of the terrestrial and global water cycles, hydrological and Earth system modeling, freshwater availability and climate change
URLs
Academic Distinctions
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2012
Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Geological Society of America, 2012
Shimizu Visiting Professorship, Stanford University, 2010
Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, UCI, 2005
Appointments
Director, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, 2009-present

Director, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, UC Irvine Branch, 2008-2009

Professor, Department of Earth System Science and
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Irvine, 2006-present

Vice-Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine, 2005-2006

Graduate Advisor, Department of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine, 2003-2005

Associate Professor, Department of Earth System Science and
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Irvine, 2001-2006

Associate Director, Environmental Science Institute
University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
University of Texas at Austin, 2000-2001

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
University of Texas at Austin, 1994—1999

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Climate System Modeling Program
National Center for Atmospheric Research, 1993

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research
Princeton University, 1992—1993
Research Abstract
My research concerns the role of hydrology in the coupled Earth system. Areas of current activity include the parameterization of terrestrial hydrologic processes for Earth system models and studies of land-ocean-atmosphere interaction; satellite remote sensing of soil moisture, surface water, groundwater, terrestrial water storage, and global water balance; soil moisture variability and scaling; the contribution of continental water storage to global mean sea level rise; and global change impacts on water availability.
Publications
Famiglietti, J. S., M. Lo, S. L. Ho, K. J. Anderson, J. Bethune, T. H. Syed, S. C. Swenson, C. R. de Linage and M. Rodell, 2011, Satellites Measure Recent Rates of Groundwater Depletion in California’s Central Valley, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L03403, doi:10.1029/2010GL046442
 
Famiglietti, J. S., D. Ryu, A. A. Berg, M. Rodell, and T. J. Jackson, 2008,Field observations of soil moisture variability across scales, Water Resour. Res., 44, W01423, doi:10.1029/2006WR005804.
 
Famiglietti, J. S. and E. F. Wood, 1994, Multi-Scale Modeling of Spatially-Variable Water and Energy Balance Processes, Wat. Resour. Res., 30(11), 3061-3078.
 
Lettenmaier, D. P. and J. S. Famiglietti, 2006, Water from on high, Nature, 444, 562-563.
 
Lo, M.-H., and J. S. Famiglietti, 2013, Irrigation in California’s Central Valley Strengthens the Southwestern U. S. Water Cycle, Geophys. Res. Lett., to appear
 
Rodell, M., I. Velicogna and J. Famiglietti, 2009, Satellite-based estimates of groundwater depletion in India, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature08238
 
Syed, T. H., J. S. Famiglietti, D. Chambers, J. Willis, K. Hilburn, 2010, Satellite-Based Global Ocean Mass Balance Estimates of Interannual Variability and Emerging Trends in Continental Freshwater Discharge, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 107 (42) 17916-17921; published ahead of print October 4, 2010, doi:10.1073/pnas.1003292107
 
Taylor, R. G., B. Scanlon, P. Döll, M. Rodell, R. van Beek, Y. Wada, L. Longuevergne, J. S. Famiglietti, M. LeBlanc, M. Edmunds, L. Konikow, J. Chen, M. Taniguchi, T. Green, M. Bierkens, Y. Fan, R. Maxwell, Y. Yechieli, J. Gurdak, D. Allen, M. Shamsudduha, K. Hiscock, P. Yeh, A. MacDonald, I. Holman and H. Treidel, 2012, Groundwater and climate change, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate1744, advance online publication, 25 November
Professional Societies
American Geophysical Union
European Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America
Other Experience
Editor-in-Chief
Geophysical Research Letters 2005—2009

Executive Committee, Board of Directors
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) 2005—2011

Editor
Geophysical Research Letters 2001—2004

Associate Editor
Water Resources Research 1997—2001

Chair-Elect (2008), Chair(2009), Past-Chair (2010)
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) 2008—2010

Research Center
UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling
Last updated
01/08/2016